Posts Tagged ‘Film’

‘Dreadful dreadfulness’

Posted on January 5th, 2014 by Keith

Be prepared to be scared. Really scared. Not jump-out-of-your-seat ‘Jaws’ scared.  Not blood-drenched ‘Carrie’ scared. Not even, I’m-never-getting-into-a-shower-that’s-got-a-plastic-curtain-again ‘Psycho’ scared. Be prepared to be creepily, hauntingly, recurrently scared. Still with us and not hiding behind the sofa? Then get along to the Courtyard’s two screenings later this month of a BFI-restored copy of the British […]

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Gravity: a space epic

Posted on December 3rd, 2013 by Keith

Recycling critics’ opinions of productions in order to get the punters in is nothing new. Victorian playhouses would be festooned with playbills quoting rave notices. Today’s film distributors seem happy just to quote the number of stars awarded to their movies (why is it that Empire gives every film that’s ever been made five stars?), […]

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Hit the road, Jack

Posted on November 15th, 2012 by Keith

Almost all the 20th century’s great film directors have, at one time or another, been drawn to the road movie: the Coen brothers, Fellini, John Ford, Walter Hill, Sam Mendes, Peckinpah, Arthur Penn, Scorsese, Ridley Scott, Spielberg, Wim Wenders. Alfred Hitchcock always remained in thrall of the Permanent Way. The 1953 Palme d’or winner ‘Wages […]

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Shrinking Palestine

Posted on June 3rd, 2012 by Keith

In one of the last major exhibitions of his work before his death last year, the father of British pop-art Richard Hamilton hung a striking digitally-printed triptych in one of the main spaces in London’s Serpentine Gallery. With simple cartographical shapes it replicated the change in Palestinian land tenure over the second half of the […]

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All aboard!

Posted on April 6th, 2012 by Keith

Since pre-talkies, the railways have provided an inexhaustible backdrop for the movies.  Murder, mayhem and matters of the heart seem to be perfect themes when played out in, on top of or around trains and train stations. Billy Wilder’s ‘Some Like it Hot’ frequently tops all-time favourite polls. Surely no actor (Jack Lemon) ever had […]

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Borderlines: A hard act to follow

Posted on March 5th, 2012 by Keith

Gaffer reviews Borderlines in the first of his film columns For such a relatively under-populated region, the Marches is blessed with at least seven major festivals: the triennial Three Choirs; Brecon Jazz; Hay’s over-precious (and pricey) literary bash; Ledbury’s poetry-fest; the Ludlow foodies’ autumnal love-in and its rather more rustic rival event in Abergavenny; and […]

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